Brainerd renewal sought by Chattanooga group

Brainerd renewal sought by Chattanooga group

February 28th, 2013 by Mike Pare in Local - Breaking News

A giraffe in front of Sir Goony's Family Fun Center towers over traffic Thursday on Brainerd Road. Merchants hope that revitalization efforts, new businesses and storefront upgrades can help remake the area into Midtown Chattanooga.

Photo by John Rawlston/Times Free Press.

About 100 Brainerd area business people and others turned out today to try to help breathe new life into the historic Chattanooga corridor.

"People have forgotten about the Brainerd area," said Chuck Lawson, president of the MidTown Council of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce.

Plans are to rebrand the Brainerd Road area, make it more pedestrian and shopper friendly and spur more business, officials said.

Also, plans to build a new Eastgate branch of the Chattanooga library next to the Brainerd Mission are seen as key.

Ron Harr, who heads the Chamber, told the group meeting at Wilson Air Center at Chattanooga Airport that the city is growing at a pace "where every part of town can advance."

See full story in Friday's Times Free Press.